shtfplan.com / Daniel Lang / April 7th, 2017
The one thing every military force is looking for, is a way to give their soldiers an edge. If they can’t do it through training or superior equipment, they often turn pharmacological means. From the Viking Berserkers to Hitler’s meth fueled Whermacht, there are plenty of examples in history of armies utilizing drugs to give their troops more focus and ferocity. But here in the 21st century, the military is beginning to turn to technology rather than drugs to give their soldiers a mental boost.
In a recent interview with several military officials, Military.com uncovered the fact that our armed forces are interested in pursuing brain enhancing technologies, and they’re testing at least one of these technologies on multiple units, including the Navy SEALS:
Szymanski expanded on his remarks in a brief interview later, saying he has his eye on a number of technologies, including pharmaceutical aids. But the results of one breakthrough involving the direct application of electrical stimulation to the brain have particularly caught his eye.
“In experiments, people who were watching these screens … their ability to concentrate would fall off in about 20 minutes,” Szymanski said. “But they did studies whereby a little bit of electrical stimulation was applied, and they were able to maintain the same peak performance for 20 hours.”
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